As a good alternative to STIHL you could choose an Echo Power Blower for those pesky leaf problems:
Take the ECHO PB 2520
The PB-2520 is a powerful 25.4cc, two-stroke handheld power blower. It is equipped with a range of features designed to increase productivity and operator comfort.
Rotational control design reduces the gyro effect on the wrist for user comfort and reduced fatigue. Grouped controls, including a throttle with “Cruise Control”, are easy to reach and allow comfortable operation. EZ lock keeps the blower pipe secured to the machine. The Posi-loc™ pipe system ensures a secure connection between sections of the pipe.
it retails at £259 inc VAT
The PB580 ECHO’s PB-580 is a mid-sized backpack blower. It has a host of professional features normally associated with larger machines. Many of the features reduce fatigue and enhance user comfort thereby increasing productivity, such as a ventilated backpack pad, anti-vibration springs and padded shoulder straps.
Its 58.2cc engine has an output of 2.05kW and with the machine weighing just 10.3kg, the PB-580 has a superb power-to-weight ratio.
This retails at £529 inc VAT
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